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 (zûr′vən, zər-vän′)
The Zoroastrian god of time.

[From Avestan zruuan, time.]
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Noun1.Zurvan - the Zoroastrian god of time
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In Achaemenid Persia, for instance, Zoroastrianism developed a particular philosophy based on the notion of Zurvan (=Time) envisaged as the ruler of all things, a theory which led to the doctrine of predestination and which was at variance with the traditional doctrine of Free Will.
The three male figures represent Zurvan, the deity of infinite time in pre-Islamic Zoroastrian Iran, and his twin sons Ohrmazd, the deity of light and Ahriman, the deity of darkness, who are locked in a fight for the control of the universe.
In the Zurvanite heresy the god Zurvan "Time" created the twins (yema), Ohrmazd and Ahriman (from older Ahura Mazdah and Arjra Mainyu), making the parallel with late Vedic beliefs even more striking: M.
By the time the Sassanid Empire (226 AD-651 AD) came to power this belief had evolved into a hypostatized father of the twins called Zurvan (Duchesne 98).
Before Ahuramazda was born Zurvan began to doubt his own powers to beget a worthy son, and from this doubt Anra Mainyu (Ahriman) was engendered and came first into the world, a black and hideous creature who horrified his sire.
3) The mother's absence echoes the Zurvanite problematic regarding who bote Ahura Mazda and Anra Mainyu if Zurvan were the only god in existence (Boyce 68).
The magician then forgets his failures through insomnia (for they are dreams) just as Zurvan destroys his initial failed creation.
As Zurvan controls him, he is an automaton, a cogito vacio, acting out a plan that his God Zurvan, in the style of Calvin's conception of free will, has predetermined for him.
Zurvan (en la tradicion del zurvanismo) es la figura divina del tiempo infinito, previo a los dos principios del bien (Ohrmazd u Ormuz) y del mal (Ahriman), e indiferente a los mismos, aun cuando haya sido su creador (vease Zaehner, 1955).